England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) has appointed Trent Woodhill as the consultant for further discussions on putting the idea of their 100-ball cricket competition into reality come 2020. Woodhill is considered an astute thinker and someone with a good understanding of how the T20 leagues around the world operate by the ECB, with his close association with the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League.
Woodhill is on a month-long contract and will work alongside the team tasked with delivering the tournament. His role will be to focus on the high-performance elements of the city-based tournament. The 46-year-old's role will be to travel around the country, speaking to county players, coaches and directors of cricket to gauge their thoughts and give his input and analytical expertise to various parties involved.
He spent five years working with the Delhi Daredevils and is currently servicing Melbourne Stars as a manager and is the bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Internationally, Woodhill has performed role of a batting consultant for Pakistan and New Zealand between 2010-12.
The idea of a 100-ball city-based tournament from 2020 was revealed by the ECB in May this year and what made heads turn even more was the likelihood of one of the over consisting of 10 balls. Now though, there seems to be a change, as the cricketers around the country are more receptive to the five-ball 20 overs matches.
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)